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Federal Migration Service of Russia not to introduce entry on foreign passports for Ukrainians

Russia has no plans to introduce entry on foreign passports for the Ukrainians. It was stated by Konstantin Romodanovsky, the head of the Federal Migration Service (FMS) of Russia.

"Russia did not take 'mirror' measures against Ukraine and did not introduce entry on foreign passports. People are in trouble, and additional problems are not what brothers do," he said, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian media.

According to the official, the Ukrainian politicians, who decided to introduce entry on foreign passports for the Russians, are detached from reality. "The most important right we have is the right to life. I believe that the right to freedom of movement is a part of this right. We can not speak of a full life without freedom of movement," said Romodanovsky.

As it is known, under the Ukrainian government's decision, starting from March 1, the Russian citizens will no longer be able to visit the country with domestic passports. According to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk, such a move was triggered by the need "to significantly strengthen border control and ensure the interests of national security of Ukraine."

However, the previous statements of the FMS are not quite coincident with the current ones. In particular, a year ago – in February 2014 – Romodanovsky said that starting from 2015 people would be able to enter Russia only with foreign passports. Back then it was assumed that the innovation will not apply only to the citizens of the Customs Union. It should be recalled that Ukraine is not a member of the Customs Union.